I love setting up tablescapes for holidays and birthdays.
I am hosting this week and so my daughter and I decided we’d get a jump-start on the tablescape for the adult table—I typically do adult tablescape and kid-themed tablescapes for family parties.
We did this Nutcracker-themed tablescape using items that I had and a few that were bought specifically for it.
I love the way it turned out.
There are items that symbolize The Nutcracker and references to the story all over the table.
The centerpiece is a large vase filled with Christmas candy; it is a nod to the, “Land of sweets”.
The mice are there because (if you don’t know already), they are a big part of the story.
The nutcrackers also play a main part of the story as well.
and of course we need the ballerinas. I didn’t have any ballerina statues so I used the Christmas Crackers that had ballerinas printed on them.
I like to use china for Thanksgiving and Christmas—so it is used at least twice a year.
So, I set the table with Nutcracker placemats that I bought to match the table runner.
Then I put my white china dinner plates and salad plates on top.
I used rose pink goblets that I got from my grandma,
the white napkins I already had.
and on the bread plate my daughter placed a Christmas cracker with either a ballerina or nutcracker on it.
I only had 4 of these darling beaded wreath napkin rings. I saw them at World Market at the after-Christmas sale and unfortunately, I could only find four.
So I alternated settings with the napkin ring and then a ribbon tied around a napkin.
I bought the ribbon to match the wreath napkin rings and then we set them every other setting.
Because the ribbon matches pretty closely, alternating them works quite well and even adds a bit of contrasting interest to the tablescape.
I wound some red and white bead garland around the centerpiece and laid it down the table on both sides on top of the runner.
The beads match the candy canes, nutcrackers, and other Christmas colors. I love the way it keeps the eye moving.
The wooden Nutcrackers will have the name tags for the guests. I plan to print them out on card stock, fold them into a tent shape and place the name card right in front of their base.
Supply List for this Nutcracker Tablescape.
Center of the Table Contents:
Food Used to fill up the large vase:
Coming out of the top of the vase
Mice ornaments (exact brand no longer found)
Bead garlands red and white (exact brand no longer found)
wreath beaded napkin rings (Pier Place World Market Beaded Holiday Christmas Wreath Napkin Rings sold out-check eBay)
Directions on how I put together this Nutcracker Tablescape
1- I ironed the table runner and placemats. They are good quality and ironed well.
2- I set out the runner and placemats.
3- I started in the center, so I set out the candy centerpiece and stuck homemade lollipops, candy canes and candy sticks out the top to add height.
4- I ran two strands of red and white beaded glarland around the centerpiece and down both sides of the table.
5- I set out the nutcrackers, mice, ballerina (Christmas crackers).
6- I set the table with my kids’ help. China, napkins, napkin rings, flatware, bed plate, and Christmas cracker.
That’s it, it actually only took us about 20 minutes to set this up—well 35 minutes if you count ironing time.
That said, I did already have the centerpiece mostly done as our Elf on the Shelf sibling duo made it themselves in this Christmas Candy Dive scene but other than that it came together quickly.
I can’t wait to host this week and enjoy the tablescape with family.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
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